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Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city's confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest.
But many forces conspire against Clariel's dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?
In Clariel, New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix weaves a story that is as rich and compelling as the original Abhorsen novels. Clariel, prelude to the Abhorsen trilogy, is set approximately six hundred years before the birth of Sabriel. Devoted Old Kingdom fans and new readers alike will clamor for this epic fantasy adventure.
Not only is Garth Nix an amazing writer, his world is incredibly well thought out and magical.
I recommend this book without reservation to fans of the series, and also to newcomers who are interested in fantasy.
My main complaint is that the plot was exceptionally slow to get started, and the story felt cut off at the end.
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I'm torn. I love Garth Nix, I love the Abhorsen trilogy, and it's good to see a book with an explicitly asexual protagonist. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Nathan Brink
Still liked the novel, but not his best. Happy to read another story set in the old kingdom.Published 20 hours ago by V. Kifer
THE NOSTALGIA FEEEEEELS! A little bit slower than I remember his books being, but still an absolute delight! Dat ending!Published 1 day ago by Mel
The draw of this "trilogy" has always been the way its books suck you into the world of the Old Kingdom and leave you turning the page wanting to know more more about Mogget, the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by N. Zazulia
This was very enjoyable book that was a nice change from the rest of the series. It was neat going into the past and seeing how the foundations were laid.Published 6 days ago by ScottyC
I'm a Garth Nix fan and have enjoyed all of his Old Kingdom novels and short stories. This novel is set centuries before the first trilogy and fills in some important aspects of... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a big fan of Garth Nix's Old Kingdom works, because as a fantasy they actually gave us something new. Read morePublished 8 days ago by M. O'HARA
Mogget is back! That's four stars alone, right there.
Clariel is a prequel to the rest of the Abhorsen series, but one would be better off reading it AFTER the other... Read more